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Movie Review Cloud Atlas (2012)

It’s the power of a song weaving its way through time.

Movie Review Cloud Atlas (2012)


“An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.”


Cloud Atlas Movie Poster

What you do today will impact what the next you will do in the future.

This formula usually combines several, unrelated characters and joins them together in one crossing point or singular event that impacts every story arc. Cloud Atlas uses a twist from the idea(s) of reincarnation and lets us wonder about how the decisions we make in any one lifetime impacts the fate and fortunes of our future-selves. This is a risky venture. What if you don’t care about certain characters or story lines? What if the tones in any story are too similar or too different? What if the audience disengages, becomes impatient or simply gets lost in the plot or misses the main point?


Cloud Atlas does an admirable job in setting up this chain of destiny in a quest for freedom, but stumbles a bit over its own narrative vehicle. We have a tale in the time of slavery, a creative ode to the passions of a composer, the humorous summary of second chances, a corporate whistleblower and a lost tribe from a future regressed. We have the subtext of a universal, profit powered machine that drives man towards a caged existence. It’s slavery, both mental and physical. It’s the loss of your personal freedom to decide, or better yet to discover who and what you really are.


Directors Tom Tykwer and Andy Wachowski channel some of their previous work [Most notable are the Matrix-like scenes that pulled us all in from the trailers] and bring us several versions of an unfolding theme. The problem here, is that many of the sections don’t quite sit right together. We have six separate mini movies [that already have a few moments pulled from other period piece films] and characters playing different versions of themselves across time. Honesty, the bumps in continuity stem more from the [trying a little too hard] makeup than from the actor’s performances. In then end I found myself comparing the motivations and actions of each individual character and making sense of that instead of wondering about any grand message or theme. I felt Could Atlas was worthy of watching, but fell short of my expectations. I’m not a movie critic; I’m just critiquing a movie.



Cloud Atlas movie review, tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Andy Wachowski, hugo weaving

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